N2.1b arms deal: FG asks court to stop Dasuki from travelling abroad

Sambo Dasuki

The Federal Government on Thursday urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to stay execution of its earlier order granted the former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN), made the oral application at the resumed hearing of the case before Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

Okpeseyi told the court that the Federal Government had filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja against the ruling of the court.

He said the prosecution filed the motion pursuant to section 169 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The lawyer also disclosed that the prosecution had filed another motion before the court seeking to revoke the bail earlier granted to Dasuki.

Dasuki, who is facing charges of money laundering and illegal possession of firearms, had been granted bail on self-recognition.

Akposeyi said they were seeking the revocation of the bail to enable the prosecution to conclude investigation into the alleged crime.

The lawyer said if the defendant was kept in the custody of the Department of State Services, he would assist in the investigation process.

Akposeyi also claimed that there was never a time the prosecution flouted the court’s order as it was claimed by the defence counsel.

The defence counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), opposed the oral application.

Raji alleged that the prosecution flouted the order of the court by laying siege on his client’s residence and preventing him from travelling as ordered by the court.

Raji also said the case was slated for hearing of the application brought by the prosecution seeking the revocation of the defendants’ bail.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola adjourned the case to December 8 for continuation of hearing.